Warning not to swim in the deadly “Blue Lagoon” quarry in Stourport
The EMERGENCY services have highlighted the dangers of a cold water shock in the deadly “Blue Lagoon” quarry in Stourport.
A team from the Severn Area Rescue Association Wyre Forest (SARA) and the Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service visited the Shavers End Quarry today (Saturday July 17) to prevent people from swimming in the water.
They were there to educate those planning to cool off in the Quarry Pool – which has claimed the lives of two teenagers in the past two years.
Haider Ali, 17, died at the quarry pool in August last year. In July 2019, 18-year-old Jayden Clarke died after hitting his head while swimming in the quarry with friends.
A spokesperson for SARA Wyre Forest said, “Even though it is very hot today, the water will still be cold and this may affect your ability to swim.”
In May last year, West Mercia Police ordered 40 visitors to leave the fenced quarry. Earlier this year, officers shared new warnings about the dangers of swimming in the quarry pool.
Patrol Sgt. Dave Wise said on Twitter: “Fit, healthy and strong young swimmers die here and in similar careers across the country every year.
“I saw it happen and I saw the impact on those they leave behind.
“Don’t put your life in danger. Don’t force others to intervene. Stay outside, stay alive.”
West Mercia Police tweeted: “In addition to the hidden dangers, the water in the quarries is incredibly cold, much colder than rivers, lakes and the sea.
“A sudden dip in this type of water could send your body into shock. The shock of cold water can be fatal.
“Please don’t take the risk. ”